With the relegation of Hartlepool United from League One, three of the four clubs that have spent the most number of seasons in the fourth tier of English professional football are back there.
The club with the most number of seasons in the fourth tier, Rochdale, are also only recently returned, having been relegated from League One the season before. Rochdale also hold the record for the longest continuous spell for any club in the fourth tier – 36 years from 1974 to 2010, which was brought to an end by their promotion in 2010 followed by two seasons in the third tier.
Below is a list of clubs that have spend 20 or more seasons in the fourth tier since it was formed in 1958:
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